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August 15, 2014
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Veterinary clinics test bacteria to fight cancer
Injecting modified bacteria to shrink cancerous tumors may become a new treatment for dogs and people with inoperable disease, according to a report published in Science Translational Medicine. Sixteen dogs from seven veterinary practices participated in a trial in which the bacteria Clostridium novyi was injected into cancerous tumors. In three cases, the tumors decreased in size, and they disappeared completely in three other dogs. One human patient who received the injection also experienced a reduction in tumor size. (8/13)
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Rash of equine photosensitization may be linked to feed
Dozens of cases of horses with photosensitization have occurred in recent weeks across Southern California, and animal health officials suspect the recent drought altered the natural components of alfalfa, possibly setting off the painful skin problem after the horses ate the hay. State and academic experts are testing the alfalfa, and owners are advised to keep affected animals out of the sun and seek veterinary care as needed because animals with severe cases can develop dangerous infections. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (8/13)
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Uptick in anaplasmosis cases seen in Maine
Officials in Maine have seen rising cases of anaplasmosis, carried by the same ticks that transmit the better-known Lyme disease. There have been 103 cases of anaplasmosis in Maine this year, up from 94 in all of last year. The disease is treatable with antibiotics if properly diagnosed, but if left untreated, it can result in neurological problems, joint disease, kidney failure and in severe cases, meningitis. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (8/12)
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Bread crumbs are no good for the goose
Well-meaning people who feed geese bread or popcorn are putting the birds at risk of angel wing, an irreversible condition that renders them unable to fly, according to veterinarian Cheryl Greenacre of the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. "They can be caught by predators, they may not be able to migrate with the rest of their flock, and of course can't fly," said Dr. Greenacre. "Geese are grazers, so they need to be getting their natural vitamins and minerals from the grass that they're eating." WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (8/12)
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Miniature cow inspires big friendship
Aimee Stuart's 6-month-old miniature Hereford/Dexter cattle mix, Kona, is nearly full grown at only a few feet tall and 198 pounds. She's on display at the Clackamas County Fair in Oregon. "I didn't know you could love an animal this much," Stuart said. "She's the light of my life." The Oregonian (Portland) (8/14)
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5 tips for making a good interview impression
Interviews can be like dating in terms of awkwardness, but science shows it's often the first impression and our nonverbal cues that lead to a successful connection, Susan Scutti writes. "Entering an interview, try to calmly look at each person in the room and then repeat as necessary," she suggests. (8/14)
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Leaders work to increase diversity of veterinary workforce
Only 3.8% of the 11,483 U.S. veterinary students last year were listed as Hispanic, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, but experts say diversity among clinicians is important in veterinary medicine, as it is in other health care fields. Leaders in animal health are trying to provide outreach to Hispanics so that more will develop an interest in veterinary medicine. Dr. Beth Sabin, an associate director with the AVMA, notes that there are many aspects of veterinary medicine to appeal to those considering a career, but she points out that the high cost of veterinary education relative to the salary is a barrier. (Austin) (8/15)
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Register now for the AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium
Registration for the 2014 AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium, held Nov. 3-5 at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., opens today. This year's symposium is titled "Humane Endings -- In Search of Best Practices for Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and the Depopulation of Animals." It will take a comprehensive look at existing best practices for euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation across animal species while also exploring research and innovation for the purpose of continuous improvement. Learn more about the AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium.
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